Wedding Planners Confess: Here Are Their 15 Pet Peeves

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I read this post on Bustle the other day, and chuckled to myself in a it’s-funny-cause-it’s-true kind of way: wedding planners have to deal with a lot in order to get your day off without a hitch—a lot of personalities, logistics, obstacles, you name it—but in the end, they do deal with it all because they love it. They want your day to be awesome, and they want to be the ones to help make it awesome.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all fun and games and giggles on the way to that awesome day, and it got me thinking about what aspects of planning a wedding and working with couples and their families drive Philly’s very own fabulous wedding planners insane. So I asked! And they unleashed.

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Make Your Own Day By Looking At These Photos of a Flamingo Wedding In Aruba

Allie and Noah wade into the waters of Aruba, at long last flamingo husband and wife. All photos courtesy of Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

Allie and Noah wade into the waters of Aruba, at long last flamingo husband and wife. All photos courtesy of Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

The fine people at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino looked around recently, and realized they had quite a few things to celebrate.

For starters, on Tuesday of this week, it was National Flamingo Day. The resort is also set to launch a flamingo-inspired, honeymoon-perfect romance package (the very pro-commitment monogamous birds mate for life)—and they just so happen to have a totally-in-love pair of ‘em that live right there at the resort. And so, they did the only thing they could do, obviously: They got them hitched!

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Newlyweds: Follow These 5 Tips for Getting Off on the Right Financial Track

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We have called on Beth D’Andrea more than once here at PW, because with her experience as a financial counselor (through her Malvern-based firm, Plumtree Financial Planning) who has done a ton of work with newlyweds, she knows a thing or two about what it takes for couples to begin, officially, a new financial life together.

And even though it’s not as fun for us all to talk about as what shade of hydrangea will make up your centerpieces, making sure you off on the right financial track together is a heck of a lot more important—so we asked Beth for her tips on how you can do just that. “So many couples spend hours and hours planning a spectacular wedding day, and we want to help them plan a fabulous life to follow,” she says. “Young couples getting married bring more to the union than couches and silverware—they bring bank accounts, savings and sometimes, even debt. Developing a strategy to merge their finances puts the couple in charge of their money (and their future) not the other way around.”

And so, here’s her cheat sheet: Use it to make sure that when you get back from the honeymoon, you’re not greeted by both a huge pile of thank-you notes that need to be written—and a scary mound of debt.

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10 Exercises to Do Depending On the Style of Your Wedding Dress 

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I was in some sort of Interwebs rabbit hole recently, and I’m so glad I was, because I stumbled upon this Cosmo post that broke down 10 different style of dresses, and then, for each, detailed an exercise to do that would target the body part really being shown off in that particular style.

It’s so great! They specify the dresses they give as examples as bridesmaid dresses, so by all means, include this link in the email when you announce your declared dress of choice to your girls—but the same advice totally works for wedding dresses, too. Just choose the neckline or silhouette that applies to you—from a deep V neck or low back to strapless or one-shouldered—and do a few reps of the recommended move every night before you go to sleep. (Because bonus: They can each be done in your home; no gym needed.)

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Picture of the Week: Taking the Plunge

Photo by Hoffer Photography

Photo by Hoffer Photography

From photographer Tony Hoffer of Hoffer Photography:Towards the end of Amy and Rob’s backyard reception, a few of the bridesmaids decided they wanted to jump in the pool. Amy didn’t want to originally, but as more and more people joined in—including the groom!—it became inevitable.
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25 Trips of a Lifetime to Consider For Your Honeymoon

Maybe you'll spot George Clooney while honeymooning in Lake Como (he owns a villa there). | Shutterstock.

Maybe you’ll spot George Clooney while honeymooning in Lake Como. | Shutterstock

The second we came across Travel + Leisure‘s roundup of 25 trips of a lifetime, our minds immediately switched into honeymoon mode. After all, if there’s ever a time to take a trip of a lifetime, your honeymoon would most certainly be it.

And this list doesn’t disappoint: On it you’ll find those bucket-list-worthy kinds of locales; the ones you see in magazines and in the movies and always dream of one day visiting. It’s those kind of destinations that really make for the most spectacular of post-nuptial getaways.

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5 Music Tips to Ensure Your Wedding Guests Are Dancing All Night Long

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You’re already well aware that music—and especially each song you choose to play for those special moments throughout the night—plays a huge role in setting the tone for your wedding. You reception’s soundtrack will either encourage your guests to dance or leave them (oof) glued to their seats.

In the past we’ve provided plenty of wedding playlist inspiration for you to pull from (see the links below), but before you start haphazardly throwing a bunch of requests and instruction at your bandleader or DJ, we suggest you follow these five basic tips to guarantee that your party maintains a high every vibe all evening long.

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Brides: Meet New Philly Makeup Artist Monica Virga 

Monica Virga in her adorable Rittenhouse boutique.

Monica Virga in her adorable Rittenhouse boutique. {Snapped by Em at Shoppist.}

The other week, my friend and colleague Em stopped by my office—with a glowing sun-kissed look about her that I did not remember from the morning—to tell me she had just met a makeup artist who had done about 1,000 brides last year.

Before I could even email the name she gave me, I got a note from Monica Virga, Rittenhouse’s newest makeup artist by way of Milan, inviting me to come meet her in her studio. So I went—and yes, dear readers, that is how many brides’ makeup she did last year.

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PHOTOS: 25 Pretty Ways to Incorporate a Seafoam Green & Coral Color Scheme into Your Wedding

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With summer weddings comes a variety of vibrant, festive color palettes, and we love seeing all of the unique color combinations that couples use to inspire their Big Day decor.

Pops of bright pink and citrus tones like yellow and orange all make for beautiful summer wedding hues, but one of our favorite seasonal pairings is seafoam green and coral.

Not only do these colors complement each other beautifully, but they can easily be toned up or down to create the look the works best for you. If you want a really bold design, choose deep, rich shades of seafoam and coral. For something more subtle, opt for lighter variations similar to mint and peach.

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